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'Sprocket' the robot part of Lockheed Martin's IT Day

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Sprocket the robot spent part of her day rubbing elbows with Mississippi high school students. Sprocket the robot spent part of her day rubbing elbows with Mississippi high school students.
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Sprocket the robot spent part of her day rubbing elbows with Mississippi high school students, encouraging them to explore careers in the STEM fields, which include science, technology, engineering and math.

"I think it's pretty neat, I never saw anything like that before," says Jim Hill High School student Gerald Gettis, referring to Sprocket.

Sprocket told us why Lockheed Martin's IT day is so important.

"It's a great way network, and Lockheed Martin is invested in Mississippi," the robot explains. "There are a lot of students, a lot people from different companies, even people looking to get jobs."

The free event at the Jackson Convention Complex is geared toward young people and adults. It's full of educational opportunities, with lots of the hands-on exhibits presented by Hinds Community College science and tech instructors.

"Different magnetic forces that can control, make things levitate, how friction can cause house fires, loose wiring," Canton High School student Luther Wilkes says of what he's been learning. "If you get into a field where there's technology, it's more likely that you'll be able to keep a job, get a job," he continues.

"We really are looking to stimulate that interest in young people. It's the lifeblood of our company, and we think it's great for the nation," says Sam Guthrie, Program Director at the Army Corps of Engineers I/T Program.

This is the fifth year Lockheed Martin has held its free IT day in Jackson.

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